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November 29, 2011

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National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

The 40th Annual LAC is Around the Corner

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Upcoming Webinars

SNF Wednesday Webinar

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National School Lunch Program: School Food Service Account Revenue Amendments Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

In accordance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, USDA Food and Nutrition Service division (FNS) published an interim rule regarding equity in school lunch pricing and revenue from non-program foods sold in schools. The rule requires school food authorities participating in the NSLP to provide the same level of financial support for lunches served to students who are not eligible for free or reduced price lunches as is provided for lunches served students eligible for free lunches.

FNS will collect information using the School Food Authority Paid Lunch Price Report. The information collected will be used to monitor the school food authority and the State agency compliance on the rule, without the information collected from School Food Service Accounts Revenue.

For more information, please visit: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/11/28/2011-30432/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request

The 40th Annual LAC is Around the Corner

It’s time once again to join SNA and your fellow colleagues and descend upon Washington, D.C., for the Association’s 40th annual Legislative Action Conference (LAC), March 4-7, 2012. Over the last 40 years, LAC has been touted by attendees as one of the most exciting and informative conferences in child nutrition and this year’s anniversary gathering will certainly continue that tradition.

2011 was a busy year for child nutrition programs in Washington, and 2012 promises to be even busier. Since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was signed into law in December 2010, USDA has taken on the monumental task of implementing the many provisions of this new law through the issuance of guidance, memos and proposed rules—all of which will have a major impact on child nutrition programs for many years to come. That’s why your attendance is so critical. Together, we must work to strengthen school nutrition programs by educating Members of Congress on the issues that matter most in advancing the nutrition needs of our nation’s children.

A few of the program highlights for 2012 will include:

  • A political insider’s look at the 2012 General Election, key races and potential changes in the political landscape.
  • Presentations from several top leaders in Congress, USDA and allied organizations, all of whom will address major issues facing the school nutrition arena.
  • A dynamic pre-conference session that will provide an overview of Federal requirements, policies and regulations relating to procurement in school nutrition programs.
  • A special performance at the LAC Banquet by the Capitol Steps, the political satire troupe of Capitol Hill staffers-turned-songwriters.

The keynote speaker for LAC 2012 is Charlie Cook, one of the nation's top political analysts and editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, which provides a direct line to the heart of politics. When Cook makes a pronouncement about the political scene in America, people tend to sit up and take notice. For more than two decades he has been Washington's most trusted-and most accurate-voice on all things politics, whether he's analyzing political trends or predicting the likely outcome of the next Congressional, gubernatorial or presidential election.

Online registration for LAC 2012 will open soon. Until then, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/lac to check out the schedule of events. And while the conference registration is not yet open, you are able to make your reservation at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Upcoming Webinars

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has announced two upcoming webinars on behavioral economics in school nutrition. These 75 minute webinars, which will include presentations by Cornell University researchers Brian Wansink, David Just and Adam Brumberg, as well as industry experts on point of sale systems and vending, are designed to help Healthy Schools Program schools implement the Alliance’s school meals checklist criteria. The webinars, entitled “Nudge: Applying Behavioral Economics in the Cafeteria”, will take place on December 6th at 10:00am EST and December 7th at 4:00pm EST.

By the end of the webinars, participants will be able to:

  • describe at least three techniques for applying behavioral economics in school food service
  • describe three ways to use behavioral economics to meet the Healthy Schools Program school meals checklist criteria
  • describe how vending and point of sale software can be used to implement behavioral economics criteria

To register for the December 6th session, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/948188264

To register for the December 7th session, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/252819840

SNF Wednesday Webinar

Join SNF for the Final Webinar Wednesday of 2011. It will take place on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 2:00pm EST. The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with the National Dairy Council (NDC) will be host “Chefs in Schools: Increasing Participation and Gaining Renewed Excitement around your School Meal Program.”

Learn from Kern Halls, Area Manager for Orange County Public Schools, who has successfully used chefs in the areas of recipe/menu development, food education, and culinary skills. He will share best practices and strategies to make the “chefs in schools” experience a successful and meaningful one for your staff, students, and program.

Also hear from Chef Tom French, Director of the Experience Food Project in Langley, WA. Chef Tom will share a chef’s perspective on working with child nutrition programs. Chef Tom is a seasoned chef, consultant, and trainer with over 40 years of professional foodservice experience.

For more information about the webinar, and to register, visit: www.schoolnutrition.org/chefsinschools.


 
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